That Was Weird
Sights and Sites
Here are a few miscellaneous sights
to see and sites to visit.
Peaches are big in Georgia,
but one of the most famous was The Georgia Peach, Ty Cobb. Many
baseball historians consider him one of the best players in the
game's history. His hometown of Royston makes sure that their
favorite son is not forgotten.
It's hard to swing a bat
and not hit something that holds Cobb's name and image. Besides
the usual streets, Royston presents murals, sculptures (above),
the water tower (right), and a museum. Most unique is the Ty Cobb
Healthcare System. Despite some of the controversy surrounding
his personal life, Ty remembered his hometown and donated a large
sum of money to give the rural area their own modern hospital.
Is Another Day"
What would Georgia be without
mention of "Gone With The Wind?" Metro Atlanta is the
home to three museums dedicated to the book, the movie, and its
Jonesboro was the book's
location of Tara. It features the Road To Tara museum
in its historic depot, just half a mile from Tara Boulevard.
The Gone With the Wind
Museum: Scarlett on the Square is located in Marietta. In
Atlanta, the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum are open for
Own Double Barrel Shotgun
A little Southern ingenuity
gave us this one-of-a-king cannon. Built in hopes of cutting down
twice as many Union soldiers in half the time, it was only fired
once. It killed a cow and several small trees. Since the death
of bovine and young timber was not the creator's intention, the
cannon was put away and other means of Yankee killing were explored.
La France, Y'all!
Most people wouldn't expect
to find the statue of a French General in Georgia, but there he
is. This Frenchman was a hero of the American Revolutionary War.
Marquis de Lafayette visited the state in 1825 and made quite
an impression. LaGrange, Georgia, was given its name after Lafayette
commented that west Georgia reminded him of his French estate,
Chateau de LaGrange. The statue stands in the middle of a fountain
in Lafayette Square in the Georgia town.
Fayetteville, Fayette County,
and LaFayette were all named in his honor. A full-length painting
of him is displayed in the State Capitol rotunda.
The very touching statue
above honors fallen law enforcement officers of Floyd County.
The eagle clutching the rose stands in honor of Gwinnett County
citizens who died during battles throughout USA's history.
There are many memorials
and sites around Georgia honoring our Fallen Heroes.
Writings On The Wall"
This two story building in
downtown Barnesville, Georgia, sports a brightly colored mural
which depicts the town's history. The town was once home to a
flourishing buggy industry.
President Franklin Roosevelt's
image (left) is also commemorated on the mural. In August of 1938,
Roosevelt came to Barnesville in association with his REA (Rural
Electrification Administration) project which brought electricity
to rural America. He chose Barnesville as the site to "flip
the switch" on the project.
in Our Midst
In 1898, you would think
that the citizens of Elberton would be in awe of the new monument
which honored the Confederate veterans of Elbert County. However,
when the statue was unveiled, he looked a lot like a Union soldier.
Apparently, the artist, an immigrant who did not know the difference
between the two armies' uniforms, created the sculpture. The artist
quickly left town.
Locals nicknamed the statue
"Dutchy." Two years after his unveiling, he was found
lying at the base of his pedestal. Some people "claimed"
that he had gotten drunk and fell. He was unceremoniously buried
face down in front of the pedestal.
A more appropriate statue
was erected and Dutchy was left in his grave; soon to be forgotten.
82 years later, Dutchy was
exhumed, taken to a local car wash where he was thoroughly cleaned
of the red Georgia clay. Then he was taken to the Elberton Granite
Museum & Exhibit where he has finally found a home.
You Only See in The South
Confederate soldiers are
often a traffic hazard, so please stop for rebels in the crosswalk.
Even in this day and age,
it's still hard to find anyone to pick up a dead Yankee off the
I don't know if there is
a story behind this oversize mailbox that stands along Highway
5 in Douglas County, Georgia.
I hope the local mailman
has a ladder.
Near downtown Atlanta you'll
find the historic Oakland Cemetery. Across the street from Oakland,
you'll find the not-so-historic Six Feet Under bar and grill.
Don't let the name fool you; the food won't leave you cold.
When it's Cherry Blossom
Festival time in Macon, everything goes pink. Even the city fountains
are spewing fuchsia water.
Lacie the Poodle gets into
the spirit! This precious pooch is pink all the way down to her
The squirrel and his owner
were photographed in Dahlonega. The opossum and his pal on the
right were hanging out at Stone Mountain.
It's a beautiful thing.
These two fellows were photographed
hanging out with some Georgia wildlife.
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